Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
War Memorial November 2015

Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

November 2016


Remembrance Sunday

The traditional Remembrance Sunday service will take place around the war memorial shortly before 11:00 on November 13 , followed by coffee in the village hall.
Church services will be held before hand at both St Mary's (attended by Scouts , Guides etc) and the Methodist church.
The Village Hall is not available this year to hold the service in the event of inclement weather so please come prepared.


Speeding Traffic

Residents attended the October Parish Council meeting to raise awareness about speeding traffic at the eastern end of the High Street (A659) in the village.

The residents live at Wharfeside formerly known as Gas Works Lane, (LS23 6AN) they are concerned about the speed of traffic passing this stretch of the High Street, which is a 30 MPH zone.

The Parish Council was able to give them access to a handheld speed radar device to take some initial readings to determine the average speed of traffic.

Friday evening (21st October) for a 15-minute period at 18.15 they found that vehicles entering the village from the Tadcaster direction travelled between 30 and 40 MPH. Vehicles leaving the village, however, were traveling at between 35 and 50 MPH with the highest speed recorded at 58 MPH. 

The second occasion was Saturday morning (22nd October) at 11.10am again for just a 15-minute period and the average speed of the 23 vehicles recorded leaving the village was 40.2 MPH with the highest speed recorded at 53 MPH. 11 of the 23 vehicles recorded a speed of in excess of 40 MPH and only 1 vehicle was within the speed limit of 30 MPH (recorded at 29 MPH).

Further readings were taken on Monday evening (24th October) at 18.16. Again the fastest traffic was those vehicles leaving the village and heading in an easterly direction towards Tadcaster. 26 vehicles where recorded leaving the village and 13 of these were travelling at a speed of in excess of 40 MPH with the fastest speed recorded at 51 MPH.

New Bus Service

Owing to massive demand, Connexions are re-introducing a fast service from Harrogate and Wetherby to Boston Spa and Tadcaster. This will run hourly as an extension to our popular X70. It will serve Woodland Estate in Tadcaster, and then follow the main road through Boston Spa then direct to Wetherby (no long detours for this Calcaria Connexion!). It started on 31st October 2016. 

Currently the service will start at the Queens outside John Smiths, but will run to the Bus Station once the Bridge re-opens.

Click to view the timetable


Plants replaced at the War Memorial

The theft of plants from the recently replanted area around the War Memorial was featured in our newsletter last month and the story was picked up by local newspapers.  The article in the Harrogate Advertiser caught the eye of the good folk at Johnsons at Whixley, a wholesale plant supplier and they very kindly offered free plant replacements.  Pictured here is Councillor Terry Gaussen collecting the new plants.

We are very grateful to Johnsons of Whixley with their help the War Memorial is now ready for the Service of Remembrance on 13th November.              

Times they are a changing...

It's not just the clocks that have changed the start time of the monthly Parish Council meeting has changed too, meetings now start at 7pm.

Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month and members of the public are always welcome to attend, you can read past minutes of meetings here and the agenda for the coming month is publish here on the PC website a week before the meeting.

NSPCC Christmas FairStreet Scene

Please join us on Saturday 19th November 2016
in Boston Spa Village Hall
10:00am – 12:30pm

Entrance £2. Children Free
Includes coffee and a mince pie. A drink and a bun for children – 50p

Christmas gifts and cards – jewellery – handbags and scarves – books – cakes and preserves – luxury fashion and woollens  - toys – face painting – and more

An excellent Christmas shopping opportunity!
Reg. charity 216401

Street Scene

Millennium Gardens lights
After many months millennium gardens are now illuminated by a number of ground lights which have replaced the faulty old ones .
Thanks to Leeds City councillor Gerald Wilkinson for his assistance  in resolving the issue.

High Street / Clarendon road accident 
Following representations from the PC the police have put out a number of cones at the junction in order to improve the light of sight at the junction . Clearly this is a temporary arrangement and the PC are urging the City Council to urgently put in place a permanent solution

The Crown
Following representations from the PC the owners of the Crown Hotel have eventually tidied the hotel yard of litter and overgrown weeds etc


Police Matters

Residents can raise any issues or concerns with our local Police Community Support Officer Emma Leighton at the regular contact sessions held in the WiSE Owl cafe at the Village Hall. This is a chance to meet Emma and have an informal chat.

You can find more information about our local police team at their Facebook page

The November newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire can be seen here

West Yorkshire Police have a website dedicated to our area it can be seen here

Transport in Leeds

A new city-wide consultation about the future of transport in Leeds is starting – and they want to hear from you.

Getting the transport system right is a critical element of achieving the Council’s Best City ambition. They want to know how you feel about transport in Leeds so they can use this to develop the future transport strategy and plans for transport investment across the city.

To find out more and take part in the online survey click here

Boston Spa Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is held in the Village Hall on the second Friday of each month. The next Market will be held on November 11th 9-12.30pm.

There will be stalls selling delicious fresh breads, locally grown fruit & vegetables, locally reared pork, jams and preserves, gifts and crafts there really is something for everyone plus easy parking and teas & coffees served in the cafe.

Contact Les Brown on 01937 842636 or email

Fish Pass 

The area around the Fish Pass at the weir was damaged in the Boxing Day floods. The PC contacted the  Environment Agency and the EA contractors finally repaired it last week, together with some of the metal fencing, which was dislodged, and the wooden barrier upstream.

They also took the lower grille off the top of the Pass to allow easier access for fish.  Keep a look out you may be lucky and catch sight of salmon leaping or using the pass!


Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 30th November 2016
Martyn Flint – Chrysanthemums Direct
Visit the calendar page of the Garden Society website to see the programme of events and speakers for the coming year.
For more information about any of these events or the Gardening Society please contact Hazel Wicks 01937 845954  or Jenny Douglas 01937 541331, or visit our website at

Jazz in the Spa - November 2016

 5th - T J Johnson + Jamie Brownfield – TJ is an accomplished pianist and a true ambassador for music ranging over jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel. This will appeal to a wide audience. – so get there early! £10
12th - John Hallam + Art Theman + Tom Kincaid Trio –  One of the real gentlemen of Jazz. £10
19th – Washington Whirligig – a welcome return for a Yorkshire band blowing up a storm wherever it appears. I
26th – Anne’s 80th Birthday Bash with Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies – Our local hero Frank on reeds with Greg Wadman on trumpet and all driven along by our favourite drumming man, Rod McNamara. Miss this one at your peril!

More information at the Jazz in the Spa website

St John's Catholic School for the Deaf 

St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa are fundraising to build a sensory garden in the school grounds. They have already raised over £20,000 and have complete the first stage of the project, laying the sensory pathways. The garden has been designed by local artist Jan Bulley, who has given her time free of charge, and the local Rotary Club and Bardsey Scout group have helped with some of the painting.

The project has been selected as one of the regional finalists in the Tesco / Groundwork ‘BagsofHelp’ scheme. This scheme offers community groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of the revenue generated from the 5p carrier bag charge. St John’s will win either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

The amount they win will depend on votes cast in the Collingham Tesco Express store from 31 October to 11 November. Every shopper will be given a token which can be used to vote for St John’s.

The grant will be used to fund sensory equipment and further planting in the garden. 
For more information about the Tesco scheme, visit


St John's School for the Deaf Christmas Event

Saturday 26th November 2016
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
They have a wide range of stalls selling handcrafted and unusual gifts, including Luxury Christmas Puddings (now available Gluten free), homemade jams, chutneys and cakes, Jewellery, Health & Beauty Gifts
Christmas decorations, Christmas cards and stationery
  • Home wares and Hand Knitted gifts
  • Raffle and Tombola
  • Santa’s Grotto
You can enjoy just browsing or relax with a bacon sandwich, homemade soup and a roll
Coffee and mince pies, whilst the children are entertained with craft activities and face painting

St John’s is a registered charity (No 529 319)

Bowling Club Games Night

Beetle Drive * Bingo * Race Game * Dominoes * Music Quiz

Friday 11th November 7pm in the Village Hall
Tickets £6 includes refreshments
Contact Phil Harrison 919029 or Leo Wynzar 842580


Ho Ho Ho!

A group of volunteers will be bringing some Christmas Cheer to our High Street on Sunday 27th November from 10am when they will be putting up Christmas Trees.  

If you would like to help bring a little Christmas spirit to Boston Spa and can spare an hour or two on the 27th please send an email to co-ordinator of elves Tony Heum 

Message Board

Have a comment to make?? Want to read what others are saying??

Simply visit the Message Board page on the Parish Council website, here you’ll find all the latest comments and have the opportunity to have your say on what’s going on in and around your village .  

Email for Parish Clerk:

The Parish Council, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA

Boston Spa Village Hall has it's own website, there's something for everyone with so many classes and activities as well as the regular WiSE Owl cafe and weekly Jazz in the Spa.

Visit the Village Hall Website to find out more.

What's On?

Go to the Events page of the Parish Council website to find out

Do you have an event in Boston Spa that you would like us to list?

Why not send us an email?

Walks around Boston Spa

The most popular links clicked on our monthly e-newsletter are the village walks, the Parish Council has developed 6 walking routes around the village ranging from 2 miles to 7  miles, you can download the walks from the PC website here

You can explore the High Street and the Riverside by following our blue plaque trail, you can down load a leaflet here


Youth Advisor to the Parish Council

Are you a young person aged 16 or over and would like to make a difference in your village?

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a Youth advisor although the youth advisors cannot vote, they are able to contribute to council business in the same way as members and most importantly, they have the opportunity to influence the discussion at the point of decision making.

Our young residents are enthusiastic about where they live, keen to be involved and have lots to say!

For mor information please contact Val Hunter
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